V. I.   Lenin

On the So-Called Armenian Social-Democratic Workers’ Organisation

Written: Written in September-October 1905
Published: First published in 1931, in Lenin Miscellany XVI. Published according to the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1972, Moscow, Volume 9, page 300.
Translated: The Late Abraham Fineberg and Julius Katzer
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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We are in receipt of a letter from the Central Commit tee, informing us that the Armenian Social-Democratic Workers’ Organisation has expressed a desire to sign the resolution adopted at the conference of all Social-Democratic parties.[1] The Central Committee, however, does not agree to accept this signature, because it was opposed to the participation in the conference of this organisation, which is purely foreign and has no serious links within Russia. We hope soon to publish in Proletary more detailed in formation concerning the true nature of this organisation. For the time being we shall merely observe that all those who wish to help a really Social-Democratic movement among the Armenian workers in the Caucasus should have dealings only with the Caucasian organisations of the R.S.D.L.P., which publish Armenian literature in the Caucasus, and not in Geneva.


[1] The Conference of Social-Democratic Organisations in Russia was held in Riga on September 7-9 (20-22), 1905. For the resolutions passed by the Conference see The C.P.S.U. in Resolutions and Decisions of Its Congresses, Conferences and Plenary Meetings of the Central Committee, Russ. ed., Moscow 1953, Part 1, pp. 91-94.

In a letter to members of the Central Committee of the R.S.D.L.P. dated September 7, 1905 Lenin spoke of the close ties between the “Armenian Social-Democratic Workers’ Organisation” and the Bund (see Lenin Miscellany V, p. 493).

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